The CCSDD is a research partnership between the Faculty of Law of the University of Bologna and the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy (SAIS Europe).

The CCSDD conducts research and training in the field of comparative constitutional law, focusing on countries undergoing a process of democratic transition. Through conferences, workshops, publications, study trips, and speaker series, the CCSDD addresses issues of civil society development and legal reform.

The center’s current research focuses on the enlargement of the EU, contemporary political and constitutional transformations in North Africa, as well as electoral management bodies. Each year, the center conducts a number of programs including the “European Union and Legal Reform” Summer School in Montenegro, the Sarajevo Study Trip, and the CCSDD Lecture Series.